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Webmaster needed

2017-10-12 06:56:45

Due to my new 16 hours a day on my feet schedule, I have nothing left at the end of the day, much less for any of my customers for computer repair and maintenance.

I am looking for a new webmaster to take over the website completely as I will be moving out of town to continue working and will be further out of touch with the club.

If you are interested, please contact me by email at

Hope to see you all soon.
Jeff Mathews

2017-10-09 06:39:34

“In this video I show how to transmit radio signals with a Raspberry Pi! This video includes the complete steps from the beginning, where we format and reinstall the operating system (Raspbian), enable SSH access, upload audio files, install the necessary programs, and how to use them.

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Silent Key - Robert L. Ledford, M. Sgt US Army - WA4IDI

2017-10-01 09:22:57

Robert L. Ledford, M.Sgt., US Army retired, passed away on Monday, September 18, 2017 at Brookdale Senior Living Facility. He battled Parkinson and lung cancer for many years. Born on March 1, 1941, in Hannibal, Missouri. Bob graduated high school in Moline, IN and received an Associate of Science degreee from Vincennes University. In 1962 Bob moved to the Port Orange area with his parents. He was a member of the Florida National Guard, retiring after 37 years of service. He earned numerous commendations during his career and he was activated with his unit to serve in Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Bob married Anne Worling, October 27, 1984. they were longtime residents of Daytona Beach before his National Guard unit was relocated to Jacksonville and then St. Augustine. They settled in Ormond Beach, after he retired in 2001, to be close to family. Bob enjoyed motorcycles, computers and was a ham radio operator. He and Anne shared many motorcycle adventures with fellow Gold Wing enthusiasts. In recent years, he shifted from the gold Wing to a Can Am Spider, which was his pride and joy. He spent most Saturday mornings at the local Can Am dealership, having coffee and donuts and shooting the breeze. He devoted many hours to helping friends with their home computers and setting up web pages. Via Facebook he kept his friends and family up to date on his political views or daily happenings. He was a member of the Daytona Beach Amateur radio Association and operated ham radios for over 50 years. Bob is survived by his wife of 33 years Anne, his mother Mary Ledford, a cousin, a niece and four nephews. He was soft spoken and had a quick wit. He will be missed by many. Memorial service will be held at, First Presbyterian Church, 620 S. Grandview Ave., Daytona Beach at 1:00 pm, Saturday, October 7, 2017. Donations may be made to: VITAS, 2381 Mason Ave., Suite 100, Daytona Beach.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Oct. 1, 2017

The Current Space Weather Observation at 2017 Sep 29 03:30 UTC

2017-09-29 07:44:28

SF 91/Ap 55/Kp 3/Spots 40 09/28/2017/#Solar Wind 611 km/s#spaceweather #suninfo

Space weather for the past 24 hours has been strong.
Geomagnetic storms reaching the G3 level occurred.

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Many hopeful that Ham Radio can help them contact their loved ones

2017-09-28 13:18:23

Many individuals have loved ones in Puerto Rico and they are understandably hopeful that Amateur Radio operators can relay messages to them. As a result, some are contacting amateurs with requests to pass message traffic to the island.

At the same time, individual amateurs and clubs have reported that local press representatives have contacted them to request information about Amateur Radio involvement in Puerto Rico. This is likely to increase as word spreads in the national media about our activities.

For inquiries from the public, ARRL advises that these individuals should be informed that amateurs traveling to the island to support the American Red Cross effort will be tasked with handling outbound traffic only. With that in mind, members of the public should access the American Red Cross Safe and Well System. Status information from friends and relatives in Puerto Rico will be entered into the system as it arrives from amateurs stationed there....
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The FCC's rewrite of its rules for the Part 95 Personal Radio Services takes effect today, September 28, 2017.

2017-09-28 13:13:24

Major changes include removing the 155-mile distance limit on CB contacts (which had virtually never been observed anytime the band was open in the past 50 years); addition of new Family Radio Service (FRS) channels (shared with GMRS, the General Mobile Radio Service); GMRS power restrictions on the channels newly shared with FRS, and allowing GMRS licensees to send text messages in addition to voice transmissions. (See July CQ, p. 26, for a more comprehensive look at the changes in various personal radio services.)

HAM? HAM radio? ham radio? Amateur Radio? amateur radio!

2017-09-28 10:58:48

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

On the ARRL PR mailing list, we've been discussing the proper way to refer to amateur radio. What brought this up was an email from one list subscriber, Richard, WB6NAH, who was (rightfully) proud of the work that his club—the Skagit Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Club—was doing. He noted that they were even featured in the police department's emergency preparedness brochure:

As you can see, the brochure refers to "HAM radio" and "HAM radio operators."

Referring to amateur radio in this way just drives me crazy. "Ham radio" is just a nickname for amateur radio, and "HAM" is certainly not an acronym for anything. I congratulated Richard on getting his club included in the brochure, but noted, "’s not HAM radio! It’s either 'amateur radio' or 'ham radio' (ham is not an acronym). I hate to be nitpicky about this, but as a professional writer, this usage just drives me crazy." He replied, "I agree on Amateur Radio, that was the city's call."

That kicked off the discussion.

One ham replied to me privately, "Thank you...I am continually trying to explain that it is not an acronym or abbreviation."...
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NW7US and present: The Current Space Weather Observation at 2017 Sep 28 06:30 UTC

2017-09-28 07:39:01

SF 91/Ap 37/Kp 7/Spots 35 09/27/2017/#Solar Wind 659 km/s#spaceweather #suninfo

Space weather for the past 24 hours has been strong.
Geomagnetic storms reaching the G3 level occurred.

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vintage Wawasee Black Cat JB2000 amplifier at Planet Surplus

2017-09-27 17:27:26

A customer brought this beast to us today. A vintage Wawasee Black Cat JB2000 amplifier. Tubes glow like a 10 year old on Christmas morning. Our ham radio peeps should appreciate this animal. $399

Newington-based HAM radio organization sending help to Puerto Rico

2017-09-27 08:32:01

NEWINGTON -- The National Association for Amateur Radio, headquartered in Newington, is getting ready to send gear and volunteers to Puerto Rico. The organization, which has roughly 750,000 licensees, put out a call for volunteers to go to the island and transmit essential communication.

"The island is still kind of cut off," said Mike Corey, Emergency Preparedness Manager with the ARRL. "San Juan is starting to come back online. There's still a lot of the island that is without communications, and this will go a long way to help bridge some of those gaps."

The country remains largely without power, cell phone service or Internet. Ham radio, however, does not use cellular technology to operate, and can be powered by generators, batteries or solar power."You can, within an hour, have a full-operating amateur radio station and communicate with the world on very little power," said Valerie Hotzfeld, a ham radio operator who is heading to Puerto Rico to volunteer....
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2017-09-27 08:17:30

The Earth is starting to feel the impact of a high-speed solar wind stream. This wind is emanating from a recurrent polar-connected coronal hole. Current geomagnetic conditions are Quiet to Unsettled but they may increase to Active to Minor Storm levels within the next 24 hours. If this occurs, there is a possibility that Aurora may be visible, or at the minimum, be noticeable on shortwave and VHF.

Important news from the Maritime Mobile Service Network

2017-09-26 21:42:43

For Immediate Release, 9/23/17
Prepared by Jeff Savasta, KB4JKL, Assistant Net Manager
The Maritime Mobile Service Network operates 365 days a year on a frequency of 14.300 MHz from
1200-2200 hours during daylight savings and from 1200-2100 hours during Eastern Standard Time.
Most amateurs are aware that the net's primary purpose is to assist maritime vessels in times of
emergencies and with routine traffic.
In the wake of the devastating damage caused by the recent hurricanes, The Maritime Mobile Service
Net is listening for any traffic from the affected areas. We are committed to assisting in any way
possible with health and welfare traffic from the affected area.
Net members are being instructed that after checking for maritime mobiles that they immediately check
for stations that might need assistance in those areas that might have contact traffic or need assistance
during this crisis.
Please direct any stations within the effected area to our net and we will render any assistance that we
can provide. It should be noted that 14.300 MHz is the designated emergency center of activity
frequencies adopted by the IARU Region 1 General Conference in 2005.
Should you need further assistance or information, please direct you emails to
Authority: Rene Stiegler, K4EDX
Net Manager

The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked ARRL for assistance with relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

2017-09-25 19:53:28

The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked ARRL for assistance with relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

SET Scheduled for October 7th at Earl Brown Park

2017-09-25 19:52:30

We will be holding a SET on October 7th at Earl Brown Park. For more information and to register.

World’s Largest Crystal Radio K9QD

2017-09-25 09:14:40

Crystal Radio constructed with unusually large passive components with the goal of obtaining an extremely high Q. Variable capacitor from a B-17 Bomber’s antenna tuner and the final tank coil from a 50KW AM Broadcast transmitter once used by Chicago area WMAQ Radio’s Continental equipment are employed for outstanding performance....
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New 630 Meter Ham Band

2017-09-25 09:13:29

Join us Tues at 8 PM central time on W5KUB.COM.This week the new 630 meter ham band plus Katie Allen, WY7YL visiting a ham club in Scotland. There is a big time difference between Scotland and us so we are still trying to work out how we bring this segment to you. Post your shack pics for the show in our group. We invite you to join our facebook group at

The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW, has suspended its regular bulletin transmissions this evening

2017-09-22 17:01:15

The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW, has suspended its regular bulletin transmissions for the evening of Friday, September 22, 2017 in order to assist with outbound health-and-welfare traffic from Puerto Rico.
Radio amateurs are reminded to keep the SATERN frequencies clear at this time, to facilitate communications necessary for Hurricane Maria response.…/w1aw-suspending-transmissions-this-ev…
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The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) International SSB Net is seeking volunteers

2017-09-22 11:39:14

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) International SSB Net is seeking volunteers who can serve either as net control stations (NCS) or as relay stations. SATERN has been in daily operation (1400 UTC until at least 2300 UTC) since Tuesday, September 19 on 14.265 MHz.
“SATERN had initially planned on terminating the net operations for Hurricane Maria by today,” SATERN National Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH, said on Friday. “However, the amount of health-and-welfare messages flowing through the Net the last 2 days is expected to continue today and likely through at least Sunday or Monday.”...
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The Colombia Amateur Radio League (LCRA) is requesting activation

2017-09-22 11:08:21

The Colombia Amateur Radio League (LCRA) is asking the Amateur Radio community there to activate the national emergency network to support those seeking information about relatives in the Caribbean islands affected by the recent hurricanes.…/colombian-radio-amateurs-asked-to-ass…
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MCM Electronics Shutters Two Plants, Announces Merger with Newark element 14

2017-09-22 09:24:36

MCM Electronics, in business for 40 years, will close two plants and its corporate headquarters in Ohio and lay off more than 90 workers, the Dayton Daily News reported earlier this summer. The company, which carries an electronics inventory of more than 300,000 items, including 3-D printers, tools, wire, cable, and other items, has been a Dayton Hamvention® vendor.

The layoffs will begin at month’s end and continue through the end of the year.

On its Facebook page, MCM has announced that it is partnering with Newark element 14, and that MCM products will become available via the Newark website, which is not yet available.


Aussie school contacts the ISS

2017-09-22 09:23:40

The Beenleigh State High School about 30km south of Brisbane had a late night chat with Italian astronaut and engineer, Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA. The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact happened recently at 11pm Queensland time, before students, parents and educators.

The evening started at 9pm with telescopes in the school grounds and an informative tour through the solar system. Nick McClean of Gilmore Space Australia, explained the development of reusable space delivery vehicles, followed by science teacher Chris Meagher with an inspirational video of Paolo IZ0JPA.

ARISS Coordinator Shane Lynd VK4KHZ had set up a portable satellite tracking station with antennas and auto-doppler correction. This emulated the ground station K6DUE telebridge in the Goddard Space Flight Centre, Maryland USA, with students very interested to see the antennas begin tracking. Paolo IZ0JPA answered all 13 students explaining passionately each response in great detail....
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Health and Welfare traffic and requests

2017-09-22 09:23:23

The e-mail to send your Health and Welfare traffic and requests to is:
In the email please indicate clearly:
Your name and location (country city)
Whom you are inquiring of (full name)
Location / community the person(s) are at,
E-mail and /or phone number to reach you at for the return info.

New York Times report earliest damage reports passed through Amateur Radio

2017-09-20 17:58:09

The New York Times has reported via an audio post that Amateur Radio was a primary source for initial damage reports from Dominica. The storm-ravaged Caribbean Island nation of has approximately 70,000 residents. US-based ham Julian Antoine, J73JA, who can be heard on the audio, solicited reports via a VoIP connection with the J73MAN repeater on Dominica....
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W1AW to Resume its Normal Transmission Schedule on Thursday Morning

2017-09-20 17:56:28 #ARRL #HamRadio

Silent Key - Bob Ledford - WA4IDI

2017-09-18 16:51:09

I just received this email from Darrell... Very sad news and Bob will be missed....

With heavy heart I'm sad to report that Bob Ledford, WA4IDI, is a silent key as of about 3:00am today.     Anne reports that he passed peacefully under the watchful eye of hospice.

No word yet on any services, etc., I will forward that info as received.

Darrell N4GOA

Karl Martin

IARU Administrative Council Considers New Radio Spectrum Pollution Threat

2017-09-18 14:48:58

The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) believes high-power wireless power transfer (WPT) for electric vehicles has significant potential for interference with radio communication. That assessment came as the AC met on September 15 and 16 in Landshut, Germany, immediately prior to the IARU Region 1 Conference, to review its priorities and positions with regard to the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19). Conference Agenda Item 9.1.6 would call for studies in advance of WRC-23 to assess the impact of WPT for electric vehicles on radiocommunication services and to study suitable harmonized frequency ranges to minimize its impact. The AC determined that addressing the threat requires an increased commitment of resources by potentially affected radiocommunication services, including Amateur Radio....
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Hurricane Irma forces DXpedition change

2017-09-18 09:58:22

Members of the Argentinian DXers Group, who were expected to be active as PJ7T from Sint Maarten (NA-105) between October 24th and November 4th, have cancelled their operation due to the damage done by Hurricane Irma.

The group sent out the following :
"We do apologize to inform all that the DXpedition to St Maarten PJ7T is suspended.
Hurricane Irma destroyed 95% of infrastructure on the island and it will be impossible to arrive and live there for a long time.

By this, we change the destination to San Andres Island and we are obtaining the permissions and call to operate from that island.

In the near future we will inform dates and call that we will use.
All the stations are ready to fly to San Andres Is. We will listen for you on the air soon.....

Regards to all,
Yaguarete DX Group"


PW 70MHz Contest 2017

2017-09-18 09:57:44

The Practical Wireless 70MHz Contest takes place on Sunday 24th September from 13:00 to 16:00 UTC.

The rules are in the September issue of Practical Wireless or visit

15th Annual CubeSat Developer's Workshop announcement

2017-09-18 09:57:07

Greetings CubeSat Community!

We are happy to announce that the 15th Annual CubeSat Developer's Workshop will take place from April 30th to May 2nd, 2018 at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center!

We are hard at work making sure next year's workshop is the best one yet!

Not only have we streamlined sponsorship opportunities but we have added thousands of square feet of exhibition space including the all new Founder's Room-a beautiful 24' x 24' business casual lounge.

To stay up to date on all the changes to come, join our mailing list:
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ZD7VDE DXpedition is on again!

2017-09-18 09:56:46

Bill, G0VDE, informs OPDX that his ZD7VDE DXpedition is back on.
He has waited over a year for the Island of St. Helena's airport to start commercial fights back up again.

You may remember last year, Bill tried a few times to go to St. Helena, but the airport had issues with turbulence and windshear on approach to their runway.

Bill states [edited], "Well, they are finally starting on October 14th, and I am hoping to be on the first commercial flights to St. Helena after all!
I am planning to stay for one week for this trip, and will be operating SSB and some Data (maybe even FT8!).
As before, I am staying in self-catering accommodation a couple of miles from James- town, on a plateau above the town with a good take-off to the W, N and E.

"The radios I am planning to take are FT-991 and FT-891 and a Juma PA1000, with a vertical antenna and a variety of wires, dipoles and fiberglass supports....
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